Definition – A Major Literacy Problem
Research experts believe dyslexia is a change in the brain structure that causes individuals to have difficulty with acquisition of language. Dyslexia takes many forms, but dyslexics have one characteristic in common: they can learn and they can “make it” in society if properly taught. Of all the misfortunes that may strike young children, dyslexia has the potential to be one of the most devastating. Casts and crutches are not in evidence, but this learning disability’s crippling effects are every bit as devastating as those of a physical ailment.
Children are expected to learn to read, write, spell, and process math. If they cannot cross this beginning threshold with relative ease, the children become frightened, frustrated and angry. Somehow, they realize that they are “different” from their classmates and playmates. If their condition goes unrecognized they are at risk for increasingly serious emotional disorders. Without help, these children can lose their self esteem, drop out of school, experience anger or hostility and ultimately fail to recognize their full potential.
The good news is that these children can and do successfully cope with dyslexia:
- if their condition is accurately diagnosed
- if they are given the chance to learn by specific educational methods
- if they have the understanding and support of their family and teacher
With help, people with dyslexia can be successful.